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nd so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is, once again, rather modest. We plan to escort Mrs. Pharmalot to another installment in our “Let’s-see-them-before-they-die“‘ concert series, hang with our short people, and simply reflect on life. And what about you? Autumn is at hand, so this may be a fine time to get a jump on apple picking. You could boost the economy by purchasing some winter wear or, on a related note, winterize your castle. Or you could send a pack of math flash cards to the White House to help with tracking the sad aftermath of natural disasters. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill that would prohibit the use of so-called gag clauses, which prevent pharmacists from telling customers when another medicine may cost less than a health insurance co-payment. Similar legislation is in the Senate. The effort mimics steps taken by several state legislatures around the country in response to concerns that pharmacy benefit managers are including such clauses in their contracts with pharmacies and pocketing the difference.

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